A 'straw man argument' is defined as "an intentionally misrepresented proposition that is set up because it is easier to defeat than an opponent's real argument." and as ".... a fallacious argument that distorts an opposing stance in order to make it easier to attack."
When applied to Garry Stevens and his small tribe it reads like this:
Posted by Chris Edwards on December 15, 2021, 8:15 pm, in reply to "Re: Radio Caroline Bible ....Assume you'd read MH pages. I would add I've had nothing to do with him for several years. Originally believed he was writing a book, and shared some Public record documents with him (also shared same with Ray Clark and Paul Rusling) that he accuses others of "stealing" from him.All I can say is that at least Ray and Paul have written books. If MH does publish a book, then we will judge it for ourselves."
The person claiming to be Chris Edwards begins by stating as fact, something that is totally untrue. It is a lie. But once the premise of that lie is accepted as truth, and then their false arguments begin!
We have explained this process many, many times before by using the humor of Steve Martin:
The misdirection in the anorak instance begins with " ....Assume you'd read MH pages."
You can assume all you like, but first direct us to those "MH pages."
Where are they?
Their next misdirection is in this statement: "Originally believed he was writing a book .... at least Ray (Clark) and Paul (Rusling) have written books. If MH does ever publish a book, then we will judge it for ourselves."
So the attack line is based upon the premise that "MH" is writing a book, and that Ray Clark and Paul Rusling have written books, but "MH" has yet to write a book which the writer of this misdirection says that the anoraks will judge for themselves.
However, the original link to the anorak post was by reference to our companion Blog which is not by "MH". It relates to the work of a 'Trio' whose writings have been published since the Nineteen Sixties in newspapers, magazines, academic journals, and in books. It has also been broadcast by both radio and television stations.
By constantly redefining their target of attack, these anoraks never have to address the fatal flaw in their entire belief system, and that is this: Ian Cowper Ross wrote a work of fiction.
If the mythology of Ian Cowper Ross is removed from your storyline, how do you explain the start-up in 1964 of Radio Caroline?
Your silence is deafening.
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